LAWTON, OK (TNN) - More than sixty graduates walked across the stage Saturday afternoon at the McMahon Memorial Auditorium.
The spring graduates from Platt College received their certificates, diplomas, and degrees in front of their friends and family. They completed programs in dental assisting, medical assisting, massage therapy, and licensed practical nursing.
The guest speaker at Saturday’s ceremony said he hopes his speech will help the graduates keep their momentum going.
“After they have graduated and moved on, now it’s time to really care, and they had to create a plan," said Dr. Marco Walder. "They have to create a plan. The ‘C’ stands for create the plan. The 'A’ stands for apply the plan. The 'R' stands for run the plan. The 'E' stands for evaluate the plan. Once they are able to do all those things, they’re able to move out of one winning season and into their next winning season.”
Some of those graduates have a head start on their next season, as they have already secured jobs, thanks to some help from Platt college.
“We have an externship program at the end, in which they go out and serve about 200 hours with different doctors, dentists, and massage therapists, to get some experience, as well as hopefully move into employment with those individuals," said Dennis Keplinger, executive director at Platt College. "So, many of them have already secured those positions, and that’s our intent.”
Platt College has new programs that start about every five weeks and last around 10 months. The next graduation ceremony will be in September.